Squash Draw Throws up Potentially Electric Encounters

July 20, 2014

The Squash draw has been announced with the prospect of some mouthwatering matches for the Scots in action at the Scotstoun venue.

Scottish number one Alan Clyne is seeded ninth in the men’s singles knockout draw of the Squash event which starts on Thursday.

Competing in his third Games, 27-year-old Clyne is drawn to face the top seeded Englishman Nick Matthew in the round of 16, an encounter Head Coach Roger Flynn knows would be a spectacular match.

“They’ve had some very tough physical tussles in the past,” said Flynn. “But that’s the nature of Alan. He tends to make it a pretty tough fight and on glass in front of thousands of Scots it’s going to be difficult for Nick.”

That assumes of course that Clyne wins his first two matches of the draw and neither of his first two opponents are pushovers. Harinder Pal Sandhu from India, his potential second round opponent, is talented, dangerous, fast and fit…not unlike Clyne himself.

The other seeded Scot in the men’s singles is Greg Lobban, a 21-year-old who Flynn says is “flying up” the rankings and is treated with respect by many circuit players. As the sixteenth seed, Lobban has a potential clash with top Australian player Camerron Pilley in the round of 32.

“They are both attacking players,” said Flynn. “Pilley is renowned as the player who hit the fastest Squash ball ever and again on glass the match could go either way, as Greg is very dangerous.”

Kevin Moran completes the Scottish trio in the men’s singles. The 23-year-old has a real flair for the game and loves to improvise moves. He faces a potential crunch match in the round of 64 with New Zealand’s Martin Knight, a player who has been consistently in the world’s top 40.

The doubles event starts with pool matches in which only the top two pairings progress to the knockout competition. In the men’s doubles, both Scottish pairs are favourites to win their pools.

Clyne and partner Harry Leitch, also competing in his third Games, are seeded fourth in the men’s doubles Pool 4. The main challenge in their group are the Welsh thirteenth seeds, Scott Fitzgerald and David Haley.

Lobban and Stuart Crawford, seeded eighth and in Pool 8, have the potentially toughest game against the ninth seeded Malaysians, Ong Beng Hee, a former world number eight and ex junior World Champion and the older Ivan Yuen.

In the mixed event, Clyne and Frania Gillen-Buchert, competing in her third Games, are seeded ninth whilst team-mates Alex Clark and Kevin Moran are fifteenth. Gillen-Buchert and Clark join forces in the women’s doubles.

Photo credit: Rob Eyton-Jones

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